Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Handmade Jane is five!

Well I never! My blog is five years old this week! Time certainly flies when you're having fun.

I thought I'd brighten your day by posting a photo of me when I was five years old...


Ha! Pretty scary eh?! If only they were casting for Village of the Damned that day, I could have bagged myself a starring role…. 


Sorry, I digress…  I have fond memories of writing my very first post, which featured a lovely, but stiff-as-a-board Colette Sencha top. I may not have got much wear out of it (the higher than average neckline always made me feel like I was being slowly strangled), but it taught me a lot about sewing, fitting and, above all, fabric choice!



Having a blog isn't just about making things and taking photos. It's also about interacting with the sewing community and for me, that's been by far the best thing that's happened since I started writing it. I've learnt lots about sewing during my first five years and I still have a long way to go. More importantly, I've met some of the kindest, most talented and generous people ever. And the funniest… I've been on some meet-ups where I haven't stopped laughing the entire time!  In short, sewing and writing a blog have made me very happy and kept me sane - you can't ask for more really!

So to everybody who has followed my blog and supported my sewing endeavours for the past five years - THANK YOU! It means an awful lot to me.  xx


43 comments:

  1. I bet you never thought this is where you'd be, five years on, when you wrote that first post. I don't always (make that often these days!) comment, but I enjoy reading and admiring your lovely makes. Here's to the next five.

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    1. I never DREAMED I'd still be writing my blog five years on! Thanks Fiona! x

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  2. Happy blogiversary to one of my favorite bloggers!! Funny enough a Sencha was about the first thing I remember sewing when I re-started, and had the same feeling about it... I also didn't know anything about interfacing so my neck facing was as stiff as a board, ha! I see your love of polka dots hasn't gone anywhere in 5 years. ;-)

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    1. Aw thanks Tasha! That's funny about the neck facing! And yes, my love of polka dots is undiminished, even after five years! x

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  3. I love your hairdo in your five year old picture! So adorable. Bet you didn't think people would be wearing that style in the 2010s as well!

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    1. Ha! That hairdo was my mum's pride and joy, she used to get people stopping her in the street complimenting her on her daughter's hair! x

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  4. Congratulations! Can't wait to follow along with year 6 :-)

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  5. Happy blog-iversary! Thanks for the continued inspiration.

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  6. Happy blogiversary! Here's to 5 more (and then some)!

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    1. Haha, I hope so! And thank you! x

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  7. Awwww, you were a darling! And yes, Happy 5!

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    1. I know, butter wouldn't melt in my mouth! x

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  8. Go you! :) I do love the earth tone pinafore and skivvy - had a wardrobe of those too. Such fun!

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    1. Thanks Maryanne! I loved that mustard coloured polo neck, it didn't really go with anything except that pinafore! x

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  9. 5 year old you looks like a handful! LOL!! :) Happy 5th blog-a-versary! I concur that the community of sewers is downright awesome!

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    1. It's a fab community to be part of isn't it?!! And yes, five year old me was a right little madam! x

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  10. Happy 5th birthday! Yours was one of the first seeing blogs I started reading and I still look forward to your posts.

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    1. Aw that's so lovely to hear, thank you! x

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  11. Congratulations! It's so interesting to look back.

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    1. It is, isn't it?! And thank you! x

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  12. That's great! I remember yours was one of the first sewing blogs i found and I loved reading right back to the start.

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    1. Oh wow, that's so nice to hear, thank you! x

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  13. Congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary Jane! I really enjoy your posts and here's to many more!

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry! Soooo pleased you've started blogging again! xx

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  14. congratulations! I really love your blog and tutorials always interesting and informative. Here's to next five years! x
    P.s. Love the photo really cute.

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    1. That's so nice to hear, thanks Mary! x

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  15. Congratulations, many more blogging years to come. Your blog is one of my favourites and I appreciate the effort that goes into posting a blog

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    1. Thank you very much. Sometimes it does take a lot of effort so it's good to know it's appreciated! x

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  16. Hurrah and here's to the next five. Love reading you blog.

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  17. Happy blogiversary Jane. I always love seeing one of your posts pop up in my feed so I'm looking forward to the next five. Who knows, maybe I'll even make it along to a meet up one day and meet you in person! x

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  18. A belated congratulations and happy blogday!!!!

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  19. Five years, well done. Interacting with the sewing community is possibly the greatest thing. I always find seeing what everyone else has sewn and how certain patterns fit in real life is the most useful thing about peoples blogs. That and a perfect way to waste time by reading about other peoples sewing and not doing any myself...

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  20. Happy 5 years! Yours was one of the first UK sewing blogs I found when I started sewing 5 years ago. I can't wait to see what you come up with in the next 5 years! x

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